The Los Angeles Chargers’ second-round draft pick from the 2017 NFL draft, Chargers guard Forrest Lamp, was worth the high selection. Lamp was the No. 1 rated pass blocker in all of college football during 2016, per Pro Football Focus.
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) June 22, 2017
Lamp did not give up many sacks last season, which is great news for Los Angeles. With aging Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, they will need all the protection they can get as Rivers will not be dancing around any defenders at 35 years of age.
To put the stats in perspective, last year’s starting right guard, Chargers guard Spencer Pulley, had a pass blocking grade of 45.1, 54.2 points lower than Lamp, per PFF.
Obviously, the stats might be inflated because the NFL’s competition is greater than college football’s, however, is it worth 54.2 points?
Nonetheless, Los Angeles will have a definite upgrade at a major position of need. As long as Rivers gets solid protection, then he will be able to take advantage of the impressive Chargers receivers and an exciting season will be underway.
Ryan is currently a student at the University of North Carolina. He grew up in the Bay Area and has had Raiders season tickets his entire life fostering his love for the NFL. He has founded his own sports website, thejrreport.com and works at the Sports Desk for the Daily Tar Heel. You can follow Ryan on twitter @rytime98 if you want to discuss anything sports.